Dredging Challenges in Indian Ports and Inland Waterways



The Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS), under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD & GR) has been serving the nation, since the year 1916, rendering its services through hydraulic research in the development of Water Resources and Coastal Engineering projects.

Almost all important Irrigation, Hydropower, Water Supply, Navigation and Port projects have imprints of this institution. CWPRS has carried out over 5600 research studies and technical reports and contributed immensely in Nation Building through research.

CWPRS in association with Indian Society for Hydraulics (ISH), a technical, educational and non profitery voluntary organization, is hosting 6th Indian National Conference on Coastal, Harbour and Ocean Engineering (INCHOE 2018), under the overall guidance of Ministry of WR, RD & GR, from 26 – 28th September, 2018.

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The rationale of the conference is to bring together engineers/ scientists working in design, planning, construction, maintenance and research aspects of Coastal Engineering and Port Development including related stakeholders to interact and exchange their experiences through invited lectures, paper presentation, panel discussions, exhibitions etc.

It is noteworthy that this will be unique comprehensive event covering all the aspects of Coastal Engineering and Port Development with a focus on Societal, Technological and Governance fields.

The present conference assumes its significance as it provides excellent platform and enough latitude for all the scientists, engineers and stake holders working in the field of Coastal, Harbour and Ocean Engineering to deliberate and present their research findings and perspective on various critical aspects.

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The aspects include Littoral states vulnerability to natural disasters associated with Cyclones, Tsunami, Sea Level Rise, the impact of Global Warming and Climate Change on the Coastal areas, coast line protection and conversations both from environmental and also from the aspects of recreation and tourism etc.

The deliberations and the recommendations will help in arriving at optimum solutions for various significant issues and would definitely render an impetus to stimulate further study and research in all these areas.

As part of the above conference, CWPRS is also hosting a one day Pre-conference Seminar on the theme“Dredging Challenges in Indian Ports and Inland Waterways” on 25th September 2018 as a prelude to the Main conference. A key feature of the Conference would be an exhibition running in parallel covering the entire gamut of technologies and facilities available for Coastal, Harbour and Ocean Engineering.

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S Masood Husain, Chairman, Central Water Commission has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest and address the August gathering during the Inauguration scheduled on 26th September, in CWPRS Campus, Khadakwasla, Pune. A recorded video message from Nitin Jairam Gadkari Union Minister of WR, RD & GR, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, addressing the gathering will be played during the event.

T Rajeswari, Additional Secretary, Jagmohan Gupta, Joint Secretary and Financial Advisor, MoWR, RD & GR and Dr (Mrs) V V Bhosekar, Director, CWPRS would grace the occasion. Experts from Dredging Corporation of India, Senior officers from Ministry of Shipping, various Port Trusts and Indian Ports Association and other Officers from Central and State Governments would also attend the Inaugural ceremony.

More than 100 scientific and technical research papers have been received for the conference which will be encapsulated in a Souvenir book. The Conference Souvenir and Conference Proceedings will be released by Chief Guest to commemorate the event. A Compendium on Role of “CWPRS for Port Development in India” highlighting the contribution of CWPRS in the port development in India will be unveiled during the Inaugural ceremony.

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